Connoisseurship as a System: Reflections on Federico Zeri's Due dipinti, la filologia e un nome

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This essay extrapolates a method of connoisseurship from Federico Zeri's writings on attributions.1 His practice unfolds in a double-edged action. Through language, Zeri takes individual elements out of paintings and relates them to each other, implying a system in which the pictorial elements he detects are represented by concepts. My research describes his linguistic operations, highlighting some of their effects, epistemological shortcomings and dependence on cultural traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-75
Number of pages14
JournalWord & Image
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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